MAY 2010

Art Against Knives and filmmakers The Double have come together to create a short film to tell the powerful story behind our exciting young charity. We hope to capture the journey it has been on over the past year, and what the future holds as Art Against Knives continues to combat the ever-increasing problem of knife crime in the UK, which has deeply affected everyone at its helm.

Art Against Knives was born from the tragic and unprovoked stabbing of Oliver Hemsley, a 21-year-old student from Central St Martin’s College of Art. The vicious attack, which left Oliver in a wheelchair, took place in East London’s Shoreditch in August 2008. It is the impact of this that drives Oliver and his friends to create something positive from such a life-changing experience. The film, scheduled for filming on 8th May, will capture the journey of Art Against Knives, starting with that life-altering day in August 2008, to the overwhelming support the art and fashion world displayed in the high-profile exhibition and money raising auction held last year. It is thanks to this support that Art Against Knives has, over the past 12 months, developed into an exciting young charity, driven by Oliver himself and his friend Katy Dawe. In an attempt to continue this positive momentum, they are now implementing an arts-based initiative, starting in the heart of the east London community, which can be used as a template throughout the capital. The project will provide an alternative to the gang culture which fuels the growing issue of knife crime in the UK.

The film itself, along with the featured artwork is scheduled to be shown as part of Honda's 'The Dream Factory' campaign launching at the end of may- featuring Art Against Knives as one of their ‘Cultural Engineers’. It will then go on to be used throughout the year at events such as our ‘Barbican Takeover’ with Pride London, LoveBox music festival and many other exciting events in support of AAK.

May 14th – AAK takes over the Big Red Bus @Spitalfields market.
May 20th-30th- The Dream Factory exhibition, Dray Walk Gallery, Brick Lane.
June - Permanent space. TBC


Tracy Emin , Wolfgang Tillmans, Antony Gormley, Banksy, Rankin, Cornelia Parker,
Ron Arad, Tim Walker, Vicken Parsons, Polly Morgan, Kelly McCallum, Marios
Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon, Christopher Kane, Sinha
Stanic, Jasmine Di Milo, James Long, Roksanda llincic, Meadham Kirchoff, David
David, Lucy Hutchings, Will Broome, Howard Tangye, Julie Verhoeven, Erdem, Philip